Latigo opens in Ballpark, reviving what Denver lost when Paxia closed

This month chef Ignacio Leon, of Paxia fame, added another restaurant to Denver’s food scene.

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Ceviche at Latigo's press preview, Oct. 18, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  latigo; food; lodo; ballpark; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;

Ceviche. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

This month chef Ignacio Leon, of Paxia fame, added another restaurant to Denver’s food scene.

Latigo — which sits just next to Coors Field at 2229 Blake St. — follows its now-closed forbear as an eatery specializing in high-end but traditional Mexican fare.

Menu items include Leon family recipes like molcajetes, a dish from central Mexico, dating back to Aztecs, with stewed tomatoes, garlic, jalapeños and onions served hot in a mortar and pestle made from volcanic rock used to grind grains, corn and to prepare salsas and guacamole.

It also includes more familiar dishes like enchiladas, fajitas and carnitas.

Take a look inside:

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Head chef and owner Ignacio Leon (left) and his nephew and sous chef Raul Leon address members of the media at Latigo's press preview, Oct. 18, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  latigo; food; lodo; ballpark; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;

Head chef and owner Ignacio Leon (left) and his nephew and sous chef Raul Leon address members of the media at Latigo's press preview. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Latigo's press preview, Oct. 18, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  latigo; food; lodo; ballpark; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;

Latigo's dining room. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Pastel de salmon at Latigo's press preview, Oct. 18, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  latigo; food; lodo; ballpark; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;

Pastel de salmon. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hours are 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Ashley Dean contributed to this report.

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